Amidst a hand-wringing defence of the indefensible, The New Statesman propagated a common myth thus: "The European Union has indeed brought peace and prosperity to the people of Europe, . .
Indeed, it never did. ÊThe institution that arguably brought peace and truly brought prosperity to Europe was the E.E.C. Colloquially, 'it was a different type of animal,' say, the cow in the barn as opposed to the wolf at the door (now which institution might that symbolize?). ÊÊ And talking about animals, we never had a single 'PIGS' during the E.E.C.'s years, did we? ÊNeither were there so many ailing and failing economies nor were such degrading epithets flung around. ÊIn fact, the defamed nations are not 'PIGS;' they are Old Testament 'scapegoats.' ÊGreece is but the latest one.
Before I offer my own answer here's a quick review of how things are and look like going.* President Obama is not going to use the leverage he has to cause or try to cause Israel to end its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians. In the past I entertained some hope that in the last year of his second term he would do so, and there was quite a good reason for a small degree of optimism on my part. It was in what President Jimmy Carter once said to me. He explained that any president has only two windows of opportunity to take on the Zionist lobby and its stooges (I prefer to call the traitor agents) in Congress.
Western media scoundrels suppress information on America’s responsibility for creating ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups, using them to further its imperial agenda, involving endless wars of aggression.
Turkey is criminally complicit, Erdogan allied with Washington’s imperial project, giving safe haven status to ISIS and other terrorists on its territory, arming them, letting them pass freely cross-border into Syria and Iraq.
One rogue state supports another, both responsible for high crimes against peace.
On Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov minced no words, saying clear intelligence-gotten evidence shows ISIS terrorists maintain constant contacts with Turkish officials, planning new tactics in waging war on Syria.
Last week, the United Nations Working Group (UNWG) on Arbitrary Detention ruled that journalist Julian Assange had been subject to arbitrary detention by the Swedish and British governments and that it must end. The Center for Constitutional Rights noted the significant precedent in the law of detention and the larger implications this has, not only for Assange’s case, but also for the protection of whistle-blowers and refugees around the world.
For the last five and half years, Assange has been detained without charge (first in solitary, then house arrest and now confined in the Ecuadorian Embassy). Over these years, the prosecutor's repeated refusal to interview Assange has denied him the right to defend himself, even though the interviewing of suspects in the UK is a normal Swedish legal practice. His case became complex, revolving around allegations that were largely fabricated. Swedish authorities indicate that one of the women involved felt the police made up the charges and ‘railroaded’ her. Assange was cleared of the suspicion of ‘rape’ by a chief prosecutor in Stockholm before it was then reopened by another prosecutor.
Hold the cheers. Trump didn’t get super-rich by being a good guy. Billionaires make money the old-fashioned way, devious methods unavailable to ordinary people, including small businesses, operating by the rules, honestly and fairly.
His views on most issues are extremist, way over-the-top - like wanting a wall built on the US/Mexican border and having its government pay for it, along with TRUMPeting against Muslim immigrants.
He’s bad for America, real bad, maybe not all bad. Unlike most, perhaps all other presidential aspirants, favoring virtually unlimited military spending at a time America’s enemies are only ones it invents, Trump criticized wasteful war-profiteering, saying:
“I hear stories, like they’re ordering missiles they don’t want because of politics, because of special interests…because” defense contractors are big campaign “contributor(s).”
Feb. 8, 2016. Panic swept through Europe, and Wall Street, today as markets and bank shares plunged to new lows. "Growth Fears Stalk European and Wall Street Stock Indices," the City of London's daily Financial Times trumpeted, explaining that "worries about the darkening outlook for global growth spreading across global markets." Recession risks "are growing everywhere we look," said one UBS analyst. "Developed and emerging markets are struggling in tandem, leaving no obvious areas to look for growth."
All European markets plummeted sharply: Paris, down 3.2%; Germany's DAX, 3.30%, London's FTSE, 2.71%, Milan, 4.69%, and Athens, a whopping 7.8%. Greek banking shares also tanked, by 27.21% for Piraeus Bank, 17.65% for Alpha Bank, and 29.2% for Eurobank. This was the case throughout Europe, with HSBC-London dropping 2.7%, Germany's Commerzbank, 6.7%, and Deutsche Bank, 4.7%. No one escaped-BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Crédit Agricole, Barclays-all the big names. With good reason, ZeroHedge website referred it to a "European Bank Bloodbath...Not only is it time to panic, but the panic is 'contagion'-ing over the sovereign risk market. European banks are in free fall."
Four weeks post 9/11, Washington launched naked aggression on Afghanistan, a country posing it no threat.
Planners had endless war and permanent occupation in mind - an imperial scheme planned months in advance, the 9/11 mother of all US false flags the phony pretext.
On October 28, 2007, candidate Obama lied, saying “I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do.”
He systematically violated every major promise made, continuing endless war on Afghanistan Bush began, maintaining permanent occupation - both leaders responsible for millions of deaths, vast destruction, unspeakable human misery, and a nation-state ravaged and destroyed, turned into nightmarish harshness for its people.
Israel is like other fascist police states, wanting criticisms of its ruthless policies suppressed.
Its new military censor, Col. Ariela Ben-Avraham, demanded bloggers and social media users submit their material for screening before posting.
Failure will be considered a crime. Regime critics risk prosecution, censorship now elevated to a higher level.
Israel wants control over pre-published material relating to its policies - vetted so anything it disapproves of gets trashed, the right of free expression abolished.
Blogger Yossi Gurvitz revealed Israel’s new policy. He was notified to submit written material before publishing, showing democracy is more farcical than already.
Until now, Israel’s military censor monitored Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites for material considered objectionable.
US-led Western managed news misinformation and Big Lies consistently drown out hard truths.
Russia intervened responsibly in Syria, waging real war on terrorism, polar opposite US phony war, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups it pretends to oppose.
Moscow scrupulously observes international law. Claims about its aerial campaign killing civilians and using illegal weapons are Western-sponsored propaganda.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of the problem, not the solution to resolving US-orchestrated Middle East wars, Germany a reliable imperial ally.
Meeting with rogue Turkish officials in Ankara, she lied, irresponsibly blaming Russia for killing Syrian civilians, using “indiscriminate weapons,” citing no corroborating proof because there is none.
Winning the battle of Aleppo (Syria’s commercial hub before Obama launched naked aggression in 2011) is key to controlling the country’s northwest along with strategic areas bordering Turkey - severing key supply routes, providing ISIS and other terrorist groups with weapons, munitions and other aid.
Greatly helped by Russian air power, Syrian forces gained full control over the main supply route from Turkey.
The Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway runs north to the Turkish border. Syrian forces liberated Ratyan and Mayer in northern Aleppo. Fighting continues in other contested towns and villages.
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